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USC Upstate to launch downtown art gallery

From GoUpstate.com:
An art gallery will be the University of South Carolina Upstate’s second facility located in downtown Spartanburg.
UPSTATE Gallery on Main, at 172 E. Main St., will open to the public for the first time for Thursday’s ArtWalk. The gallery will feature contemporary and original exhibitions from Upstate’s permanent collection by artists Andy Warhol, Jerry Uelsmann and Beatrice Riese, according to university officials. “We are excited to bring our art to downtown Spartanburg and look forward to showcasing the contemporary works by visiting artists and USC Upstate students and faculty,” said Jane Allen Nodine, USC Upstate art professor and director of art galleries, in a written statement. Nodine said the gallery will also serve as an experimental learning lab, and students will work at the gallery. For ArtWalk, visitors may view Nodine’s sculptural assemblages, which she creates using wax, paper, fibers and fabric. She also is showing encaustic paintings and wax prints. Chancellor Tom Moore said in a statement that having a gallery downtown supports the university’s mission and complements the Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery on the main campus. “This downtown facility will enable us to make our permanent collection and exhibitions available to a much larger audience,” Moore said. The gallery is USC Upstate’s second downtown space, in addition to the George Dean Johnson Jr. College of Business and Economics on St. John Street. The UPSTATE Gallery on Main will be open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment. Admission is free and open to the public. A grand opening is planned for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11. For details, contact Nodine at 864-503-5838 or jnodine@uscupstate.edu.

Jane Allen Nodine’s encaustic works featured in “Thermal Response” and elsewhere

Nationally recognized artist Jane Allen Nodine will present new work during November at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg. "Thermal Response" is a selection of work developed over the past three years using encaustic wax, a mixture of beeswax and resin. Encaustic wax has a long history of applications dating back to the Fayum mummy portraits of Egypt from 100 – 300 AD. The work takes a magnified look at surfaces and patterns that develop in nature, particularly in thick liquids. The adhesive quality of the hot molten wax is central to many of the pooling patterns cast and cooled into rigid layers. Colors in the work reflect the nature and the transformation process in aging. From Nodine's statement: "After many years of using acrylic-based mediums, I became dissatisfied with the synthetic and plastic barrier quality of the material. Seeking a more satisfying solution, I came to wax for its aesthetic qualities and properties of malleability. I was drawn to the cerebral and physiological breadth of beeswax that has a rich history of application, symbolism, mystique and direct ties to the natural world." The exhibition opens Nov. 1 with a free public reception (5:30 - 8 p.m.) and artist talk (7 p.m.) and runs until Nov. 27. Visit the Chapman Cultural Center's website for details. Other exhibitions Nodine's work is also included in two exhibitions in North Carolina. "Wax Foundations: Encaustic in the Southeast" is the first encaustic exhibition to be presented at Meredith College in Raleigh. The exhibition runs through Oct. 28. "Heated Exchange: Contemporary Encaustic" is being shown at Upstairs Artspace in Tryon through Nov. 17 and features 11 of the nation’s most renowned and cutting-edge encaustic artists. On Nov. 10, Nodine will lead a workshop called "Working with Wax Resists, Inks and Dyes." More information about the show and this workshop is available at www.upstairsartspace.org. About Jane Allen Nodine Nodine is professor of art and director of the Curtis R. Harley Gallery at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Recognized with numerous awards, Nodine received an NEA/SECCA Southeastern Seven IV Fellowship from the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art and two South Carolina Arts Commission Artist Fellowships. In 2002 she was awarded a Belle W. Baruch Visiting Scholar Fellowship to Hobcaw Barony Plantation in Georgetown, S.C. Nodine’s work is included in numerous collections including the Medical University of South Carolina, Equitable Life Assurance Society, Stadtsparkasse Bank – Germany and the South Carolina State Art Collection. In 1999 she was selected by the South Carolina State Museum and the South Carolina Arts Commission as one of the One Hundred Most Significant Artists in South Carolina During the 20th Century. Via: Chapman Cultural Center and Jane Allen Nodine

Thermal Response exhibition



Florence Museum invites entries to Pee Dee Regional Art Competition

The 59th annual Pee Dee Regional is the oldest continuing art competition in South Carolina, according to the folks at the Florence Museum. Entries for the 2012 competition will be accepted Sept. 20-22, and the exhibition will be presented by the museum's board of trustees Oct. 5 through Dec. 16. Artists who are natives or residents of these counties are eligible to enter: Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Kershaw, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter and Williamsburg. This year's competition judge is artist Jane Allen Nodine, professor of art and director of the Curtis R. Harley Gallery at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg. Visit the Florence Museum's website for more information and to download a prospectus and registration form. [caption id="attachment_682" align="aligncenter" width="545"]Interrogate 33 by Jim Boden Jim Boden's Interrogate 33 received top honors at the 2011 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition[/caption] via: Florence Museum